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Einstein's Brain

  • Posted 02.07.13
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What made Einstein Einstein? With access to rare medical slides and photographs of the great scientist’s brain, researchers seek out the biological roots of genius in Einstein’s brain. What might Einstein’s brain have in common with young math whizzes today? How does the anatomy of David Pogue’s brain measure up to one of the greatest brains of all time? And can we discern whether peculiarities in Einstein’s brain are gifts of nature, fruits of nurture, or both?

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The images of Einstein's brain are published in Falk, Lepore & Noe: 2012, The cerebral cortex of Albert Einstein: a description and preliminary analysis of unpublished photographs, Brain (doi #doi:10.1093/brain/aws295) and are reproduced here with permission from the National Museum of Health and Medicine, Silver Spring, MD.

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(Einstein's brain in jars)
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Participants

Dean Falk
Florida State University
John Golfinos
NYU Langone Medical Center
Fred Lepore
Robert Wood Johnson Med. School
Shyam Narayanan
Michael O'Boyle
Texas Tech University
Sandra Witelson
MG DeGroote Sch. of Med., McMaster U.

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